Deaths due to diabetes underestimated

According to diabetes reports from the UK, the disease could be a factor in one out of every 10 deaths.
The figures, compiled by diabetes charity Diabetes UK, show that diabetes is responsible for almost 12 per cent of deaths amongst 20-79 year olds in England.
Usually diabetes related complications are the cause of death, including heart conditions, kidney failure and strokes . However, the charity say, diabetes is often no mentioned on death certificates, meaning that the true toll of deaths due to diabetes could be much higher than reported.
The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, reportedly commented: “These new figures are truly alarming and confirm that diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. There are currently 2.3 million people diagnosed with diabetes and more than half a million people are unaware they have the condition. Good self-management, awareness, and improved access to specialist diabetes care services are crucial if we are to curb this growing health crisis and see a reduction in the number of people dying from diabetes and complications attributed to the condition.”

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